The ancient festival was a 12 daylong celebration beginning on the eve of the Winter Solstice (known to most Pagans as Yule) and ending at the new calendar year. This celebration was so important in ancient times that it was converted by the Christians to the 12 Days of Christmas.
Today is actually the Winter Solstice. The first day of Yule! I’ll share this link with some basic Yule information.
Since my stepdaughter has a very large family: Her Dad (my SO) and his side of the family are one unit; Her Mom’s family is divided into her mother and father’s families are separate and then they have her new Step Father’s family as well. Since it was so chaotic to coordinate where my stepdaughter would be for Christmas last year, my SO’s family decided to celebrate on Yule/Winter Solstice.
I think she’ll be sleeping here on Christmas Eve as well since Santa has traditionally ALWAYS left her Santa gift at our house. She thinks it’s the fireplace. At this point, we’ll do whatever needs to be done since she still thinks there’s a Santa Claus. I’m actually really surprised at that one, but I’m not going to question it.
I’ve acted like Santa this week, wrapping everything since I’ll be gone before the actual celebration. We’re sending a few presents over to her Mom’s house since times are hard for them, but I didn’t wrap those. Since that would make things really obvious on where they came from.
She’s got a lot of books this year because she’s thankfully gotten into reading. She also got some video game stuff as well. I forgot to snap pictures of a few things in my exhausted wrapping brain…
The big gift from Daddy, Xbox Series S. I got her a Minecraft Bee Pillow Buddy because they were all out of the Axolotl. And her Gran got her a cool light bonsai tree. She’s been watching a Youtuber and wanted lights for her desk, but installing LED light strips is a pain. Especially since the desk space is used by others as well.
I’m crossing my fingers that everything will go well since I’ll be visiting my Step Mama when this posts. Aka when Yule happens. I hope everyone is having a good holiday season! Catch you guys, tomorrow.